The recent Uncharted 4 gameplay at E3 2015 sparked a debate regarding the nature of the Uncharted 4’s setting, and whether or not Naughty Dog had taken the plunge back into open world like their Jak & Daxter games.
In a recent interview with PlayStation Blog, Bruce Straley alongside Neil Druckmann confirmed that Uncharted 4 will not be an open world game.
Neil: In the demo, essentially Nate’s moving at 60 mph, he’s under stress, as usual there’s people trying to kill him, so as a player your foot is always going to be on the gas. But we use the Jeep in other ways, you can jump in and out and go exploring, and we’ve been able to open up the levels and let players drive great distances.
Bruce: At the same time, we’ve got a lot of story to tell, so we’re not creating an open world where you can take the Jeep anywhere – we want to make sure we’re setting up and paying off everything that we’ve put into the game in the right way. So at times, the Jeep can move through vast areas, but at times like the level you’ve just seen, you’ve got to hit the gas because Sam’s in trouble.”
Although we were hopeful, we never expected the game to be open world, it looked way too “good” and scripted. In this case we loved to be fooled by the geniuses at Naughty Dog and await the announcement of this epic title.